​Love Gun Tour - 1977

Start Date: July 8, 1977

End Date: September 5, 1977

Shows: 32

Legs: 2

Countries: Canada, United States

Opening Acts: Cheap Trick, Styx

Average Attendance: 9,476

Line Up: Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss

KISS was the band of 1977, promoters even scaled back their advertising, word of mouth was enough now to sustain the tour. KISS also had reached a younger audience, a door that had been opened by their appearance at the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. They released a comic under Marvel Comics, a dream for sure coming true for Gene as a big comic fan. It was advertised to be printed with their own blood. It's been rumored that the blood of the band members that was poured in the barrel of red ink was eventually used by accident for a different magazine. The cost of the Love Gun Tour, including the new stage, costumes and instruments was $194,910 dollar, although the show was hyped as a million dollar production in most markets.

Even though they only played 32 shows, the shows were extended to 90 minutes. The Love Gun Tour is considered the ultimate KISS tour among fans, as this was KISS at the height of their fame and showmanship. It was even KISS them self who tried to replicate the Love Gun era and show for their 1996 KISS Alive/Worldwide reunion tour.

Love Gun Tour Stage

For the Love Gun tour stage a new stage was constructed and effects were added on top of the old ones:

  • New Stage - The Love Gun Tour saw a more technical stage being build upon the base of the Rock And Rock All Over Tour stage that already saw changes for the Japan leg of the tour with a new drum riser, lighted stairs, platforms over the amps that was made out of Marshall amplifiers, Perkins cabinets and Crown amplifiers with a total bill of $46,000! They kept the simplicity without elaborate props all over the place like for the Destroyer Tour stage. But the band made that up with a explosive rock & roll show that attacked the crowd visually and audibly. Two stages were constructed, so if the band played on the stage one night, the other stage was already being build in the next city over!

  • Hydraulic Balconies - Even though the stage still had staircases, two hydraulic balconies were added left and right of the drum riser, mainly to prevent that one of the KISS members would take a tumble down the stairs as Paul once did and would take the risk away of members getting electrocuted from touching a badly grounded railing.
  • Hydraulic Lifts - Hidden in the stage front were two modified hydraulic lifts that Gene, Paul and Ace used for their solo's and the show's finale. Later in the tour Ace stopped using the platform during his solo as Ace was known to not be stable on his feet even when he was sober. (When Ace went to the 1973 KISS audition, he apparently even walked into a wall!)
  • Pyrotechnics & Fireworks - Pyro and fireworks were more present than in the previous tours and the tour would create a standard how much pyrotechnics is used for a KISS show.
  • Costumes - KISS ordered new costumes made, by Maria Contessa and Laurie Greenan, Greenan already had designed their costumes since 1974 and also for many other bands. The band members got three each in case one would break beyond repair or got stolen. These costumes would be used again in 1996 for the KISS reunion to recreate new Love Gun era costumes for the now "bigger" KISS members.
  • Sam The Serpent - This stage prop would have been a perfect fit as well for the Destroyer stage, was Sam The Serpent, This dragon/snake looking prop was located on the far left of the stage as Gene's sidekick, smoke would emit from his mouth and Gene would lit his fire breathing torch on the torch above Sam's head. Sam would even have a small part to play in one of the fights in the KISS movie!

  • New Drum Riser - Peter received a completely new drum riser, now during his drum solo it would shift forward to the edge of the stage.

The Love Gun Tour Stage

     Stage Props:

  • Fire Engine Lights
  • Fire Engine Siren
  • Fire Helmet
  • Hydraulic Drum Riser
  • Two Cat Statues On Drum Riser
  • Huge Cat Drum Riser Curtain
  • Hydraulic Balconies
  • Hydraulic Lifts
  • Fireworks
  • Flash Pots
  • Confetti Storm
  • Blood Spitting
  • Staircases With Lights
  • Smoke Pots
  • Sam The Serpent
  • Bombs
  • Dry Ice Smoke
  • Ground Flamethrowers
  • Fire Breathing
  • KISS Logo
  • Smoking & "Burning" Guitar
  • Paul Smashing Guitars

Gene and "Sam the Serpent", he would spit smoke and Gene lit his torch at the flames on his head

Typical Setlist:

01. 'I Stole Your Love'
02. 'Take Me'
03. 'Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll'
04. 'Ladies Room'
05. 'Firehouse'
06. 'Makin' Love'
07. 'I Want You'
08. 'Cold Gin'
09. 'Do You Love Me?'
. 'Nothin' To Lose'

11. 'God Of Thunder'

12. 'Rock And Roll All Nite'


13. 'Shout It Out Loud'

14. 'Beth'

15. 'Black Diamond'

Special Shows / Happenings:

- Halifax Forum, Halifax, Canada, July 8, 1977 -

Ace presumably sang 'Shock Me', making it his first vocal debut!

- Cow Palace, Daly City, CA, August 16, 1977 -

Paul dedicated 'Rock And Roll All Nite' to Elvis Presley, who passed away that day.

''We're gonna dedicate the last song. . . to the King of Rock 'n Roll: Elvis Presley! Rock and roll all nite, party every day!''

- The Forum. Los Angeles. CA, August 26, 27, 28 1977 -

Eddie Kramer recorded all three Forum shows for Alive II. Several thousand special KISS t-shirts were sold reading 'I Was There' to commemorate the recording. The Love Gun Tour book was sold for the very first time at this show with complementary 'I Was There' buttons given away at the door.

- The Summit, Houston, TX, September 1 & 2, 1977 -

John Crow TV Productions professionally recorded the shows.

Backstage pass for one of the shows in Canada

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